NVIDIA and Microsoft are working together on a new cloud-based AI-focused supercomputer that will be “one of the most powerful in the world” when finished.
The new machine will use Microsoft Azure’s supercomputing infrastructure (opens in new tab) in conjunction with NVIDIA GPUs (opens in new tab), networking, and AI software. It will include ND- and NC-series virtual machines designed primarily for AI-distributed training and inference.
According to the firms, the initiative will be the first public cloud to include NVIDIA’s full AI stack, including tens of thousands of NVIDIA A100 and H100 GPUs, NVIDIA Quantum-2 400Gb/s InfiniBand networking, and the NVIDIA AI Enterprise software suite.
According to the companies, the new machine will be used to assist corporations in training, deploying, and scaling AI, including huge models. NVIDIA is also planning to use Azure’s scalable virtual machine instances for research and advancements in generative AI.
This is a new area of artificial intelligence (opens in new tab) in which foundational models such as the Megatron Turing NLG 530B serve as the base for unsupervised, self-learning algorithms that generate new text, code, digital images, video, or audio.
In addition, the firms will work together to refine Microsoft’s DeepSpeed deep optimization tools, and NVIDIA’s whole stack of AI processes and software development kits will be made available to Azure enterprise clients.
“AI technological advancements and industrial usage are both acceleratings.” “The breakthrough of foundation models has sparked a tidal wave of research, promoted new startups, and enabled new corporate applications,” said Manuvir Das, NVIDIA’s vice president of enterprise computing.
Not just Microsoft is leaning toward Nvidia to power its latest AI advancements. At Oracle Cloud World 2022, Oracle and Nvidia announced a collaboration. Tens of thousands of Nvidia GPUs, including the A100 and forthcoming H100, will be used to support Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).
NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide technology firm based in Santa Clara, California that was founded in Delaware. It is a software and fabless firm that creates graphics processing units (GPUs), application programming interfaces (APIs) for data science and high-performance computing, and system-on-a-chip (SoC) units for the mobile computing and automotive markets.
Nvidia is the world’s leading manufacturer of artificial intelligence hardware and software. Its professional GPU range is employed in workstations for applications in architecture, engineering, construction, media and entertainment, automotive, scientific research, and manufacturing design.
Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company that makes computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its headquarters are at the Microsoft Redmond campus in Redmond, Washington, United States.
Its most well-known software products are the Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge internet browsers.